Discovery is a purpose-driven company that is dedicated to doing well by doing good. We leverage our platforms, resources, and passionate employees to make an impact in our communities and with our key nonprofit partners.
Say Yes to the Prom makes prom dreams come true for high school students.
Our London office hosts a session for our Talent Unlimited program to improve social mobility.
Discovery partners with Habitat for Humanity on our Building a Difference initiative.
In 2019, we brought 100 employees and on-air talent to Nashville, TN to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Discovery is conserving nearly 6 million acres of land to help double the wild tiger population.
Discovery's global day of employee volunteerism brings employees into their local communities to give back.
Discovery is committed to giving back in the communities where we live and work through programs like Impact Day.
TVN Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives and health of Polish people in need.
We have a department dedicated to Social Good that builds and oversees consumer and employee-facing initiatives and campaigns, such as the key initiatives highlighted below. Since 2018, employees have directed over $1 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations, and viewers from over 90 countries have donated over $1.6 million to our targeted initiatives, which include text-to-donate campaigns for our networks such as supporting shelter pets with Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl and ocean conservation with Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
RISE: RISE (Reducing Inequality and Supporting Empowerment) is Discovery’s commitment to improving social mobility through access to basic human needs, with a focus on education programs. Together with our partner Save the Children, we deliver global scale with local impact and will support 10 million people in 22 nations identified as having the most need, and even more people in the communities where Discovery employees live and work. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, through RISE, Discovery has partnered with UNICEF USA to provide 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable populations. From January 19 – April 19, 2021, Discovery will donate $1 for every new discovery+ subscription to support UNICEF USA’s COVID-19 work. In response to the pandemic, local Discovery offices also stepped up to help provide Save the Children support through food donations, hygiene kits for refugees, and educational resources for children learning at home. To combat racial injustice, Discovery RISE provided viewers with tools and resources in support of organizations doing critical work on the ground in response to these atrocities. Around the globe, Discovery employees are also providing career and learning opportunities to empower underserved communities through our professional development initiative, Talent Unlimited, which includes mentorships, job skills training, and knowledge sharing programs with the goal to improve social mobility. For example, French employees have helped refugees with their language skills and resumes and Finnish employees have given disabled individuals a virtual tour of Discovery offices, showcasing different types of job skills and career opportunities in media. Through the social impact Mosaic initiative, we will accelerate expansion and progress on Talent Unlimited by developing employee-led external mentoring programs focused on empowering underserved communities.
Turn Up! Fight Hunger: Turn Up! Fight Hunger is Discovery’s partnership with No Kid Hungry to provide 1 billion meals over the next five years to end childhood hunger in the U.S. Since the fall of 2019, the initiative has already helped to provide over 500 million meals. The movement reaches audiences through our beloved brands, providing tools that enable consumers to Turn Up and fight hunger through donations, activism, and a set of advocacy tools to give kids access to the food they need now and effect policy change for generations. And as the pandemic closed schools, leaving millions of children without the healthy school meals they depend on, Discovery and No Kid Hungry joined forces through a combination of emergency grants, strategic assistance, advocacy, and awareness to help serve more than 10 million meals a day during the crisis.
Project C.A.T.: Project C.A.T. is our partnership with WWF to support a global effort to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022. This collaboration aims to ensure a healthy habitat for future generations of tigers by helping conserve nearly six million acres of protected land across three countries.
TVN & TVN Foundation: TVN, the leading broadcaster in Poland and owned by Discovery, is deeply committed to bringing about positive change and supporting communities in need. Not only do we support various causes and partner with numerous charities on an ongoing basis through TVN, the TVN Foundation launched in 2001. To date, the TVN Foundation has raised over $70 million in aid to improve the lives and health of Polish people in need, providing help to almost over 26,000 people. An area of particular focus for the Foundation has always been treating and rehabilitating sick children. The TVN Foundation carries out renovations and improvements to medical facilities across the country as well as purchases ambulances and medical equipment. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TVN doubled down and undertook many initiatives such as donating almost $2 million to help with coronavirus testing at hospitals and other institutions, giving free advertising to small business owners, and hosting charity concerts. In 2021, the TVN Foundation will begin construction of the Psychiatry Clinic for Children and Youth within the largest children’s hospital in Poland – the Children’s Health Center.
United Nations and Other UN Entities: In 2015, world leaders meeting at the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a call to action by all countries, for the world to achieve a more equitable and sustainable future by 2030. Discovery supports the SDGs through a variety of efforts and has raised awareness of these goals through a global PSA featuring the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Discovery and the United Nations Environment Programme also have a partnership which focuses on raising awareness and inspiring global action on the illegal trade in wildlife, through the UN Wild for Life campaign, and broader biodiversity narratives. In 2021, Eurosport Events, part of Discovery, joined the United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework’s Sports for Climate Action initiative and has committed to achieving and supporting global climate goals.
Employee Wallet: The Employee Wallet Program is a virtual “wallet” and the one-stop-shop for all of Discovery’s employee Social Good initiatives.
Dollars for Doers: Dollars for Doers rewards global employees’ personal volunteer efforts by crediting funds in their wallet for every hour of volunteer service with a qualified organization.
Emergency Impact Matching Campaign: In response to select disasters and crises, Discovery launches our Emergency Impact Matching Campaign and matches global employee donations through the Employee Wallet.
Service Anniversary Program: To recognize global employees’ service to the Company, for every 5 years at the Company we add funds to employees’ wallets that they can donate to the causes they care about most.
New Employee Welcome: All new employees globally receive a pre-filled wallet when they join the Company.
#GivingTuesday Holiday Giving: On #GivingTuesday, to kick off the holiday season in a way true to our purpose-driven culture, global employees receive funds in their wallet.
Impact Day: Impact Day is Discovery’s global day of employee volunteerism that gives back to the communities where we live and work around the world.
Discovery Impact: Building a Difference: A partnership with Habitat for Humanity that brings together employees, on-air talent, government officials, and other key partners to build homes. In 2019, we brought over 100 people to Nashville, TN for a 3-day build that began construction on 3 homes as part of Habitat’s Carter Work Project to help combat the affordable housing crisis.
Say Yes to the Prom: An initiative that gives 1,000 underserved and deserving high school students across 5 cities nationwide the perfect prom look. Employee dress and suit drives across our U.S. offices accompany the program, and employees in select cities are recruited to volunteer for the in-person events.
Adopt-a-Family: A holiday initiative whereby employees “adopt” deserving families or children from their local community and make their holiday wishes come true.